Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Just another day in California . . .

4 am. Dead asleep. BAM. All of a sudden you are in a salt shaker that has no salt in it. You just literally are shaking back and forth really fast. 

It's no big deal . . . but your first thought is "Where is the epicenter?"  So you turn on any news you can find at 4 AM, literally none because nobody is on the air until 4:30, so when you do find someone on - they are bleary eyed and no make-up and it's nice to see them just normal for once! :)

And when you find out how big it was and where it epicentered, you either panic or breathe a sigh of relief.

A 4.4-mag. earthquake struck the Southland at 4:04 a.m., with the epicenter located in Pico Rivera. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The depth of the earthquake was 11.7 miles.
ABC7 received calls from residents in cities across the Southland who felt the quake, including La Habra, Watts, Lynwood, Pomona, Buena Park, La Verne, Apple Valley, Palmdale, Sun City, Norwalk, Chino, Brea, West Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Clarita and Yucaipa.
Caltech seismologist Kate Hutton said there are a lot of magnitude 4.4 earthquakes, but they're not quakes that we talk about all the time because they tend to happen in areas that are not very populated.
"Probably the best way to view it is that it's an earthquake drill. It reminds you to get your stuff together and your plan and make sure everything is kosher in case we have a bigger one one day," she said.
Hutton described the quake as a thrust earthquake. "That just means that one side of the fault slid up over the other." "

This morning, thankfully - it was a sigh of relief.

What happens to your house during one of these little shake, rattle and roll sessions? Well, in mine -

This - every single time! All the drawers in my bookcases in our bedroom roll open.
I gotta fix this somehow!

All is well, just a little eye-opener for those of us who live here that we need to be prepared.

Just another day in California!



Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Doesn't it seem as if there have been a lot of earthquakes lately? I was glad to hear this was a small one. we are in the Midwest and we don't get them often, but I've felt a few. Nothing quite like it.

Bryanna Lenan said...

Hate to say it... but Im glad to be away from that... earthquakes are scary... granted we are on torando alley... but you can see one coming at least... LOL. Im glad you are OK... take care!!

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Theresa said...

Glad you are OK out there! You could get some of those kid proof hickies for your drawers. I can't imagine how that must feel. I have seen videos of some places during an earthquake. I hope it didn't shake up your creating room, you got lots of stuff in there:) Love to all and thankful that you are safe, my friend!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Karen Sweetie...
Good Morning California. So scary to hear about your wake up this morning. I just couldn't handle it. I know we have had some rocks here in the valley, but the only thing I saw was splashing of the pool water. Didn't feel anything.

As I prepare for the upcoming luncheon/tea I have been thinking of you. Sorry you can't make it. This one I am hosting with Jamie, and I have decided to order a cake and have napkins and plates for. I want it to be cherry themed. Thought it would be so much fun. I will take pictures and post ofcourse.

Try to have a good rest of the day sweetie. Country hugs and much love, Sherry

Our Back Porch said...

What a way to wake up! Sounds scary! So glad you are ok sweetie.

Hugs and Blessings,

Nancy said...

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BellaRosa said...

Amor, wasn't that a lovely wake up this morning??? not ;) I thought a car had it the side of our house or the 3 story tree on the side of it had fallen over...nothing broken here, but I jammed my knee hurring down the stairs...guess my bones need a min before I get moving :) Are you close to the Epicenter? We are less than 5 miles, it felt strong, hopefully that is it for awhile :) Besos, Rose

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

eeeeewwww! Girl!
I had no idea!
I would have had a stroke if that were to happen to me at 4 in the morning! I don't know how ya'll live with those. At least we know when a hurricane is coming our way to leave...earthquakes give NO warning!
Glad you are okay girl...

stefanie said...

wow...I haven't even turned on the news..glad it wasn't big and you are ok.

Mieke said...

Only a moment ago I was reading about the after shocks in Chile, you think these have something to do with it? Must be scary to live on a fault line, knowing there can be a earthquake anyday...

Lisa said...

Glad to hear you're alright! I know that's NOT a good way to wake up. :)

Doni said...

Karen, so glad it wasn't any bigger...but knowing that you've been through more than one...oh my! I'm in Texas and haven't ever been in one and hope to never experience one either! Tornados, yes, but not earthquakes! Hope you stay safe!!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oh Karen, I hope you are all ok! YIKES! My little sister and her husband are in California on the coast right now... I'd better call her! All of these earthqaukes are soo scary! And we are sitting right on the Wasatch Faultline her in Centerville... oh well, nothing we can do about it! Hope you have a "calm" rest of the day! xoxo Julie Marie

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Yikes!! So glad your ok. Must be a real wake up call. I think that would make me very nervous. I woke up at 4:00 a.m. today, must have been thinking of you. Actually, I heard all of these coyotes and it kind of freaked me out! Then, I saw a skunk when I was pulling into our driveway just a little bit ago. I don't care for those critters! Stay safe and I hope the rest of your week is uneventful! Hugs, Cindy

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sissie said...

Gosh, that would scare me too death!
Here on the coast we worry about hurricanes, so it's always something wherever you live.

Stay safe.


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I know, I heard about it! You need to get locky thingys on those drawers!!
Glad everything is fine...what an "interesting" way to wake up! We had one here several years ago. That was good for me!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

oh my goodness, Karen. Yikes. I am so glad you are okay. This would scare the daylights out of me.

Barb ♥

Cozy Little House said...

Never had to deal with this. Tornadoes, yes. Wonder how you could fix those drawers? I'll ask Robert.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh scary! We don't have many of those here -- we're in hurricane country, but at least we get plenty of warning!

Oliva said...

So glad you are okay and there were no casualties!!!
This brings back fashblacks!!! I grew up in CA, and I'm absolutely petrified of earthquakes...was so glad we moved to the Phoenix area! I wasn't too happy to know that you can feel tremors here, as I found out several years ago!

debi said...

OMG! There is NO way I could live in California! sorry

In my lifetime, I have only felt 2-3 earthquakes here. They were very small, very short, and moved nothing. And scared the crap out of me!

Glad you're okay!

Mimi said...

HI Karen!!!
Oh MY!!!!
You never get used to it though do you????
MY MOM lived in Fullerton, CA for about 3 years and experienced several shakers!!!!I so wanted to feel one when we would visit, but now that I am older and wiser --I say NO THank YOU!!!!
How scary!!! AT night for sure!!! That half sleep wake up call is always worse feeling!!!!
I am so glad you are OK!!!!

Nina Diane said...

yikes! that would scare the bejeezees out of me!

Dawn said...

I thought of you and Mona when I heard where this one was. Glad it was a small one. I haven't felt one in a long time. In fact I don't think my kids have ever felt one. We're way up north though so we feel the ones in the bay area. I still make sure things hung on the wall are up there to stay though. You need some child safety latches for the inside of the drawers. Of course then if your like me, you'll never be able to get into them either,LOL!

Connie said...

I didn't even feel this one...Danielle did in the OC.
And yes a good reminder to have our earthquake kits updated.


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Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

I have drawers in my small dining room that do this, but that is because my house is 100+ years old and still settles. I use clear packing tape. A better idea (I am too lazy to do this) would be to get those things that keep babies out of cupboards and install them. That should do the trick. If it doesn't, then just a bit of tape will do the trick. I live in Louisiana on one a huge fault that we are told when it goes, the Gulf of Mexico will come all through Louisiana and up into Arkansas. I hope it doesn't do that anytime in the near future.